April 23, 2019 – Canada already has record numbers of international students, but the federal government is working with colleges and universities to attract even more study in Canada candidates.
Representatives from educational institutions are working with government officials to develop a strategy to target growth markets for the Canada study permit.
Target countries include those growing economically with lots of young people, including Colombia and certain African nations.
New federal government figures show international student contribute $15.5 billion per year to the Canadian economy, supporting nearly 170,000 jobs in 2016.
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At the end of 2018, there were 572,415 study permit holders in Canada. University enrolment alone increased by 15 per cent between 2017 and 2018, according to figures from Universities Canada.
Study Permit numbers have increased 180 per cent in the last decade, as successive governments have recognized the benefit to the Canadian economy of increasing international student levels.
A three-step process has been established in Canada targeting international students. First, they hold Study Permits while in full time education, second, they become eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit, and third, they can use all the experience gathered to qualify for permanent residence.
It had made Canada one of the more attractive countries in the world for foreign students considering their study options.
International students are an important source of revenue for Canada’s schools, paying significantly higher tuition fees than their Canadian counterparts.
With Canadian education much cheaper than across the border in the U.S., Canada’s best universities are often seen as a pathway to a world class education without the dollar outlay required south of the border.
Students from India and China dominate the international student landscape, accounting for 315,610, or 55 per cent, of the total Study Permit holders in Canada.
Prospective study in Canada candidates planning to stay and work in Canada after graduation need to make sure both their chosen course and institution are eligible.
Candidates only meet the requirements for Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit if they graduate from a designated learning institution in a PGWP-eligible program.
The PGWP allows international students to stay and work in Canada for between eight months and three years after they graduate.
The length of the work permit depends on the length of the program, provided the program is eligible.
Time spent working in Canada can then count towards an application for permanent residence.
A full list of designated learning institutions that offer PGWP-eligible programs is available on the federal government website.
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